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    October 26, 2016
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ISBA highlights actions on retention campaign

Fair and Impartial Courts Committee Chairman Guy Cook recorded a video to inform bar members of action taken by the committee on the retention election.

In addition, you can show your support for Iowa's fair and impartial courts by promoting a "Yes on Iowa Judges" sign. Stop by the ISBA headquarters at 625 E. Court Ave. in Des Moines to get your hands on one or more. Can't stop by the office? Reach out to to find out more information about how to obtain a sign.

LSA seeks ISBA members’ input on proposed Iowa Court Rules publication

The Legislative Services Agency is considering publishing Practice Rules excerpted from the Iowa Court Rules. The softbound publication, with 8 ½” x 11” pages, would contain the rules of civil and criminal procedure, rules of evidence, rules of appellate procedure, time standards for case processing and Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct. Additionally, other chapters of the court rules such as juvenile procedure, child support guidelines, etc., would be included depending upon the amount of interest and preferences of bar association members. The court rules contained in the proposed softbound publication would be updated to Jan. 1, 2017.

The anticipated cost of the publication will be $30-$40 with the final cost dependent upon which chapters of the Iowa Court Rules ISBA members want published. To assist the ISBA in knowing which chapters of the court rules bar members think should be included, please complete a brief survey no later than Saturday, Oct. 29. Answering the survey does not obligate any future purchase of the publication.

Get to know your judges: Justice Brent Appel

Justice Brent Appel is one of the three Iowa Supreme Court justices standing for retention this Nov. 8. In an effort to educate members and the public about him and his fellow judges, The Iowa State Bar Association has built a website,, which compiles the biographies and Judicial Performance Evaluation scores of each judge up for retention.

This week, a complete interview with Justice Appel done by former Des Moines Register editorial writer Rox Laird has been added to the website. In this article, you’ll learn more about how Justice Appel relishes preparation and study of the law, as well as getting his hands dirty planting trees.

November Iowa Lawyer now available online

The November Iowa Lawyer Magazine is now available online. In this issue, the ISBA honors its members who are veterans, takes a closer look at some of their stories and gets a more personal perspective on the Supreme Court justices up for retention in the upcoming election.

Those who elect to receive the print version of the magazine should see it in mailboxes in the next week or so. To view the digital version, navigate to, click on "Publications,” then "Iowa Lawyer Magazine.” Those who no longer wish to receive the printed version of the magazine can elect to receive it electronically by navigating to their ISBA account settings and selecting "yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine Online” option.

Questions regarding the Iowa Lawyer Magazine can be directed to the ISBA Communications Department at or 515-697-7898.

Claims for indigent defense work to be filed online beginning next year

Attorneys who perform court-appointed work will need to file their claims online beginning Jan. 1, 2017. The requirement is a result of amendments made by the State Public Defender to Chapter 12, “Claims for Indigent Defense Services” of the Iowa Administrative Code.

The amendments are designed to give the public defender’s office greater efficiency and overall improvements in the processing, review and payment of attorney fee claims. The amendments also specify how the online claims must be submitted.

Read the amendments, including the specifications for filing via paper on or before Dec. 31 and the website to use for filing electronic claims beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

Luxury Colorado vacation available in LawPAC silent auction

The Iowa LawPAC is offering a six-day, six-night stay in a luxury town home in Edwards, Colorado, through a silent auction. The town home, donated by ISBA Legislative Counsel Jim Carney, would be available anytime during the year, excluding Christmas, New Years and the 4th of July.

The town home comes fully furnished, and is minutes away from great restaurants, shopping, Beavercreek Resort and the Vail ski resort. It can easily accommodate four couples or up to eight people with four bedrooms and bathrooms, and the winner would only need to bring drinks and food.

Members interested in submitting a bid for the auction need to email their bid, mailing address and name to Harry Shipley, who will update the ISBA front page with the highest bid. Minimum bid on the condo stay is $900. This auction is open to all ISBA members, with no limit on bids from any individual.

For more information, see the official brochure.

Professional liability insurer issues fact sheet on wills, trusts and estates

Lockton Risk Services, the ISBA’s endorsed insurance broker, has released a two-page fact sheet which lists some quick stats, top causes of malpractice claims and six good-to-know risk management tips for the wills, trusts and estate practice area.

The fact sheet states that legal malpractice claims from the wills, trusts and estate practice area surged during the economic downturn of 2008 and have since continued at an elevated pace. Improperly drawn/recorded documents accounted for the most frequently alleged cause of claims, according to CNA, the insurance broker used by Lockton.

Read the fact sheet here.

October 21

No. 15–0848

No. 15–2095
MARY E. ROTH and MICHAEL A. ROTH, Individually and as Coexecutors of the Estate of Cletus Roth, ANNA M. ROTH, Individually, and BRADLEY E. ROTH, Individually, Plaintiffs, vs. THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY d/b/a GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - GEORGE


ABA study suggests legal malpractice insurers are settling sooner
The costs of legal malpractice cases have increased since 2011, according to a study put out recently by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. And malpractice insurers may be settling sooner to avoid those costs.
ABA Journal

Judge: Iowa DOT illegally issuing speeding tickets
An officer from Iowa’s transportation department did not have legal authority to issue a speeding ticket to a 16-year-old driver, Polk County District Court Associate Judge Heather Lauber ruled Thursday.
Des Moines Register



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The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:

Bruce A. Buckrop, Buckrop & VanDe Velde, P.C., Rock Island, IL

Elizabeth Anne Culhane, Omaha, NE

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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